this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Hoke & Borges seem determined to install a more power-football-based philosophy at michigan. Let's think about this a bit: The thing that really surprised me about how RR deployed Denard last year was the straight-ahead, between-the-tackles nature of the playcalling, Watching that video of Denard highlights made me think that there's something unique Borges could work in terms of developing a scheme. It's not like Denard was some rogue athlete who runs around before letting plays develop. He's at his best when he can make a single move and accelerate into the secondary. The coaches have to have picked up on this if they've watched any footage of the past season.
So, as we move into spring practice territory, it really seems like it would make sense and not be too difficult to keep some elements of the QB lead-based offense. They've essentially got a great running back who happens to be able to throw for 2500+ yards. I really look forward to seeing how they build the offense this spring.
Yay for Michigan, Hart, Henne, Long, Manningham, Arrington, Carr, but Mattison got BOOM DEBORD'D. I'll add the second half to this post when it finishes processing.
Threw this out on Twitter tonight, but I thought I would get MGoInput.
The premise is simple: What is your favorite Michigan season?
The twist: Michigan cannot have won a Big Ten championship in said season.
My choice is 1995, which is my senior year in high school.
- Lloyd's first season.
- The 17 point comeback in Virginia.
- The awesome that was Mercury Hayes.
- The underrated Scott Dreisbach
- Jarrett Irons at linebacker
- The epic 5-0 game against Purdue which has to be a Fandom Endurance II badge, minimum*
- And last, but certainly not least, Biakabutuka dials 313 against Ohio State.
Sure losing to Penn State and Michigan State sucked. Sure getting beaten by Northwestern hurt a little less when you realize they were in the middle of a Cinderella season. Yes, it's hard to accept that there was no Notre Dame game on the schedule a year after Remy broke their hearts, but 1995 is a pretty great year.
*-Did anyone actually break down the Fandom Endurance Badges and the standards for which one earns one? I know Northwestern 2008 is Fandom Endurance III because it was freaking cold, in the middle of a miserable season, and it was Northwestern, but I am wondering if the Central Michigan "Return to your Cars" game is Fandom Endurance II? Does the weather play a more central role than the opponent, which is to say, could a horrible weather game that Michigan won lessen the degree of a badge? Thoughts?
It seems to me the University helped Brock Mealer and used his work with Barwis and RR for a PR advantage last year. Brock obviously benefited from working with Barwis. But it seems to me he got kicked to the curb. http://toledoblade.com/article/20110118/SPORTS17/110119570/-1/SPORTS16
I don't expect the coaching staff or current weight coach to get involved at this point as they really have their hands full, but shouldn't someone at Michigan step up and offer to help? I'm sure we have great rehabilitation staff elsewhere.
It just seems like we used him for PR and when we fired Barwis gave hims the bum rush. Am I the only one that finds this lack of a transition a bit unseemly after all the hype last year?
There is a story in a wonderful book (The Prizefighter and The Playwright) that represents all that has happened recently with Michigan Football. It is a story of the friendship between Gene Tunney (former heavyweight champ, beat Jack Dempsey, the Long Count, etc) and George Bernard Shaw (some consider the best literary mind outside of Shakespeare). The story is as follows:
The author (Jay Tunney, Gene’s son) recounts how Tunney and Shaw visit Russia in the 30’s and arrive at a factory where thousands of church bells, many of them beautiful works of art, were being melted down to make armaments. Jay remembers this story as he visits Russia in 1990, where he visits several villages. During one stop, several Russians in his party suddenly stop. “Listen, listen”, they said. Jay couldn’t hear anything unusual. “Bells” said the Russians. “Bells.” The lost sound of the Russian soul. We haven’t heard bells for sixty years.”
After hearing Coach Hoke at the press conference and Mattison speak of Michigan, I feel that we are hearing the sound of the Michigan again. Their words about what Michigan football means to them are just wonderful! We are getting our soul back. The bells are ringing again and they sound so damm beautiful.
Anyone else see this? Basically, his extremely vulgar yet public twitter, was turned into a diary about his time at Florida. He was the #1 safety according to scout in 2008 and recently declared for the NFL draft.
Scout Profile: http://florida.scout.com/a.z?s=168&p=8&c=1&nid=2458183